Amy on Rituals

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Some questions I'm often asked are..

What does self-care mean to you?

Why do you perform rituals?

And that’s what I’m going to answer for you here.

To me, self-care is a commitment to myself to practise self-love body rituals. The commitment I make is to do this at least twice a week.

Why rituals? Well, self-love for your body is more than jumping out of the shower and quickly rubbing moisturising cream into your skin or simply cleansing your face.

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I practice my rituals with intention.

nd I believe THIS IS THE SECRET

Intention means bringing awareness inwards. That means this ritual is not so much focused on the exterior.

I practice intention by allowing myself to focus on my breaths, burning some incense or lighting a candle, something to signify that I’m about to create a special personal moment and let go of what no longer serves me.

I sit somewhere quietly – in my bedroom or bathroom - on a chair. By sitting down, I relax and become centred. It calms my mind as I look inwards. Giving myself precious time in my busy life allows me to switch off from my day and many roles as business owner and stay-at-home mother.

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Another way to enhance my practice is by massaging beautiful botanical products all over my body. I select blends that resonate with me or what I’m drawn to at the time.

This all depends on how I’m feeling. If I need to unwind and come back to myself, I’d use a blend of lavender to relieve stress and sandalwood to ground me. The delightful aromas from nature’s botanicals no synthetic product can replace. I feel relaxed and in control of my life.

By massaging my body with intention and truly scanning my body in a loving and caring way, I focus more on what my skin feels like…

Is it lumpy or smooth in particular areas?

And while I focus on this self-discovery, I choose positive thoughts and say loving affirmations. (Find out more about positive self-talk and affirmations in my article Amy On Positivity here. )

WHY RITUALS?

Self-massage relaxes me and it’s great, not only for a sense of calm but also to detox my body, release trapped toxins and stimulate circulation.

Here are the key benefits of self-massage rituals.

  • Ritual makes you feel good because you’re doing something for yourself.

  • Taking time out to be well-groomed makes you feel confident… And there’s nothing wrong with that as long as it’s balanced and doesn’t take over your life!

  • You pay extra attention to avoid negative self-talk and focusing on what you don’t like about your body.

  • You can switch off the nasty voice inside your head and practise positive self-love through affirmations.

  • Massage will teach you about your inner body by putting you in touch with its outer covering, as author of the book Aromatherapy, Judith Jackson informs us.

  • Self-discovery – through aromatherapy self-massage - will teach you that there is more to your body than the mirror reveals.

Self-care rituals have such a tremendous and positive effect on my mental health and emotional wellbeing. Self-care boosts my confidence and my mood. Try some rituals for yourself today.

RESOURCES

Below are some places to start exploring rituals for yourself.

+ Aromatherapy by Judith Jackson